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Subject: Innocent comments made from ignorance
Edit: realthog2, you weren't here for her original comment. It has changed considerably since it was first posted. So, it has nothing to do with people responding in "careless haste." It has more to do with you not knowing what you're talking about and jumping in 5 months later to add your two cents in careless haste and ignorance.
LOL!!!!! So basically, BetsyBooth is saying that none of the following movies were ever any good in the first place because the copyright wasn't renewed. LOL!!!
1. A Farewell to Arms
2. A Star Is Born
3. And Then There Were None
4. Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
5. Beau Idol
6. Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
8. Charlie Chan movies
9. Dark Alibi
12. Escape from Sobibor
13. Fear in The Night
14. I Cover the Waterfront
15. Kansas City Confidential
18. Meet John Doe
21. Parole Inc
22. Philo Vance movies
23. Santa Fe Trail
24. Scarlet Street
26. The Black Cat
27. The Bulldog Drummond movies
28. The Fat Man
29. The Four Feathers
30. The Front Page
31. The Gold Rush
32. The Hitch-Hiker
33. The House on Haunted Hill
34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
35. The Inspector General
36. The Jackie Robinson Story
37. The Jungle Book
38. The Lady Vanishes
39. The Last Time I Saw Paris
40. The Outlaw
41. The Saint Louis Bank Robbery
42. The Strange Loves of Martha Ivers
43. Topper Returns
Subject: careless readers
The people here who are criticizing BetsyBooth should read what she actually said rather than what in their careless haste they *think* she said.
Her observation was the very simple truth that movies in the public domain tend not to be subjected to restoration, because the huge costs of that process may not be earned back if there are lots of free or nearly free versions of that same movie available.
She did *not* say the movies were lousy; she said exactly the opposite -- that it's a pity many of them won't get the restoration they deserve so we might see them in their original glory.
Nor did she talk of public domain movies being returned to copyright; I suspect *that* commenter doesn't know what film restoration is.
Subject: Public Domain
Movies like The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Topper Returns, Meet John Doe, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Last Time I Saw Paris, A Star Is Born and many others you listed are currently available on cheaply produced, public domain DVDs. They are wonderful, but, as with Crime, Inc, they most likely won't be restored properly. Which is sad because they deserve it.
Subject: More good p.d. movies
1. The Big Combo
3. He Walked by Night
4. Please Murder Me
Subject: Public Domain is Public Domain
Hate to correct you, Betsy. But when a picture is in the public domain, it usually stays in the public domain -- not matter how good it is or isn't.
Subject: Watching this film probably won't kill you.
Should you really take that chance though?
I am not proud to admit that I watched the entire film.
Tom Neal is utterly clueless in his role as reporter Jim Riley. Martha Tilton is even worse as the love interest, Betty. During the scene where he told her he loved her, the lack of acting ability was painfully apparent. Embarrassingly so.
This film is not without merit. It does include a young looking Sheldon Leonard in the role of Captain Ferrone.
If you were thinking this film might be worth the time to watch, accept the fact that you were wrong and find a better film. If you are as I was, being for whatever reason lazy, then by all means watch it. It probably won't kill you, but I'll bet you won't brag to anyone about having seen it.
The last scene was about as corny as it gets. “That subpoena was just a gag.”
2 stars for this forgettable tale of crime in the 1940s.
P.S. “Buy Bonds!”